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Another real problem was over putting our helmets on for re-entry, because we all had severe head colds. They couldn't come up there and make us. Houston, you have a problem!
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Apollo was a big, unwieldy vehicle. I had a problem with the flight controllers over that. It would try to fare its way like an airplane.
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Apollo was just too big, like flying a big transport airplane, which fighter pilots don't really revere. Gemini was just about the right size.
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As a child I went to a circus. They had a man shot out of a cannon into a net. I became intrigued with what was going on.
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As a Naval officer, I was trained, essentially bred, to be a military aviator. I was a Naval officer on assignment, not an employee of NASA.
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At the end of our NASA careers, no one had a place for us in the military.
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Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick.
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Each test pilot I know considers him, or herself, now that there are women, to be the very best. It's very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while.
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He who commands an Apollo flight will not command a second one.
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I don't go along with going to Moon first to build a launch pad to go to Mars. We should go to Mars from Earth orbit. We have already been to the Moon; we've already practiced.
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I don't think the space station will ever do anything for exploration. Putting people up there for a year or more is the only way you will get anywhere near the exploration concept.
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I had always wanted to go to the Navy. As a young kid, I was intrigued by a Naval Officer with the beautiful brown shoes and sharp gold wings.
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I have fought the centrifuge ever since. When I visited Star City in Russia, I told them, you guys don't need a centrifuge, they are a waste of time.
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I played English football - soccer - instead of American football, because we couldn't afford the equipment.
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I remember seeing war hero Jimmy Doolittle fly a Gee Bee racer there. He was my childhood hero. Many years later, I was lucky enough to go hunting with him.
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I saw the booster, not Sputnik, flying by, and I said, maybe this is the way we should be going, not just sitting back waiting for something to happen.
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I was told having a website would help me. I have yet to figure out why my life story needs to be on the web.
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I've always thought space station is a great name. It should be like a gas station where we go for service and supplies before heading further out.
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In Mercury, you couldn't translate. You could just change attitude. But you were actually flying it like a flying machine in Gemini.
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It wasn't like in The Right Stuff movie - that was just for entertainment.
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John Glenn craved the publicity. I think even John would admit that. When he went into politics, that became pretty obvious! He knew how to do public relations.
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Kennedy had made a mess in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. He had to do something to look good. The Apollo program of going to the Moon was quite a goal,.
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Kids today don't want to get married. Too many of their friends have been married and divorced already. They just don't believe in it.
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NASA has changed since Kennedy's day. Attitudes have changed, too. The doors have been closing rather regularly.
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NASA should start thinking about this planet.
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Some of the wives didn't keep up with the program. It started breaking apart during the Apollo days.
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We have managed to hang in for 55 years, which isn't bad. My wife says our marriage has lasted so long because I was away half the time!
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We spent a lot of time in simulators. We were going to do it right.
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When a man looks across a street, sees a pretty girl, and waves at her, that's not a rendezvous, that's a passing acquaintance. When he walks across the street and nibbles on her ear, that's a rendezvous!
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When a test pilot comes off a flight, there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up, and he believes in the debriefing. You don't keep something to yourself.
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When people have asked if I'd like to go in the Shuttle, I said you don't get to fly it, except for landing, which I'd love to do. I wouldn't go unless I could command it.
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While I was in test pilot school, I was writing a report on an airplane that just barely exceeded the speed of sound.
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Within NASA, there were lots of things that were not appropriate to bring out to the public, because the press did not handle it well.
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